If you’re in New York City on June 13th, you’ll want to check-out the Loving Day Flagship Celebration!

Here’s the press release:

Loving Day Celebrations Nationwide Coincide with Hollywood Film Production, Critically Acclaimed Novel, and Supreme Court Review of Same-Sex Marriage

The Loving Day Project, the world’s largest network of multiracial celebrations, is coordinating their 12th consecutive year of nationwide events. Loving Day celebrations commemorate theJune 12th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia (1967), the Supreme Court decision that declared all laws against interracial marriage in the United States to be unconstitutional.

A film about the plaintiffs in Loving v. Virginia is set for release in 2016. Titled simply Loving, it is directed by Jeff Nichols, known for Mud (2012) starring Matthew McConaughey. Richard Loving will be played by Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty), and his wife Mildred will be played by the Irish-Ethiopian actress Ruth Negga (World War Z).

This year, award-winning author Mat Johnson published Loving Day, whose title reflects a pivotal moment in the story at a Loving Day celebration. The protagonist is, like Johnson himself, the son of an Irish-American father and an African-American mother. Loving Day explores multiraciality, fitting-in, building community, and finding love. It has gotten positive reviews in the New York Times and other publications.

Even as Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray continue as the first interracial First Family of New York City, other interracial couples are making political history. The Taiwanese-American Stephanie Chang, married to Sean Gray (who is African-American), was elected to represent the 6th District in the Michigan State House of Representatives. In Washington DC, Vivek Murthy became the first Indian-American Surgeon General of the United States. His fiancée is Chinese-American. Loving v. Virginia is an important legal precedent in the argument for same-sex marriage, which is currently being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges.

As recently as 2013, 11% of Americans still do not approve of interracial marriages, according to the Gallup Poll. In 1958, the year that Mr. and Mrs. Loving were arrested for their interracial marriage, the disapproval rate was 94%. According to the US Census Brief, “Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010”, multiracial children are the fastest growing youth demographic at a rate of 46.3%.

The Loving Day Flagship Celebration in New York City will be the largest event in 2015 with approximately 1500 guests expected. It will be held on Saturday, June 13th from 3:00-7:00 PM(rain date Sunday June14th) at Solar 1, located on the East River waterfront at 23rd Street in Manhattan (2420 FDR Drive, Service Road East, New York, NY 10010). Free Asahi beer will be served all day along with food for purchase from Big D’s Grub Truck. There will be free performances by some of New York City’s top DJs: Dhundee, and DJ Kamala. This year’s celebration is generously sponsored by Asahi, InterracialDatingCentral.com, Flavorpill, the Brooklyn Historical Society, Solar One, Mixed Marrow, MAVIN, and the Heart of the Desert Trilogy by XS. As is the tradition, our event is open to all ages.

Thousands of diverse supporters will participate in annual Loving Day Celebrations on or around June 12th in cities nationwide and worldwide. They range from small, intimate celebrations for families and friends, to large public events. Actress Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni (Argo, The Young and the Restless) and Mixed Roots Stories will collate submissions into the commemorative project Visualizing Loving Day. In Los Angeles, the Mixed Remixed Festival will celebrate Loving Day with a film, book, and media festival at the Japanese American National Museum; performers in past events have included Comedy Central’s Key & Peele. Additional events are listed on LovingDay.org.

About the Loving Day Project

Annual Loving Day celebrations commemorate the June 12th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia (1967), the Supreme Court decision that declared all laws against interracial marriage in the United States to be unconstitutional. Loving Day is celebrated in cities nationwide and internationally, collectively forming the world’s largest network of multiethnic community celebrations. Our mission is to fight racial prejudice through education and to build multiethnic community. Our vision is to create an annual tradition that will make the Loving case a universally recognized civil rights landmark.

Loving Day Contact:

Website: http://www.lovingday.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Loving-Day/136482819725443
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lovingday


If you have some extra time today, please check out Grey Villet’s photographs of Mildred & Richard Loving, whose plea to the Supreme Court resulted in interracial marriage becoming legal in 16 states on June 12th, 1967.

Villet’s photographs were part of an exhibition at ICP, and became part of “The Loving Story” documentary.

Happy Loving Day everyone!


If you’re near New Orleans next Thursday, you might enjoy stopping by Antenna Gallery for their Loving Day celebration. There will be a presentation of a photo project called “Of Many Colors”, and we partnered with the organizers who will be showing a slideshow of local families from WeAreThe15Percent.

Here’s more info about the event, or check out their Facebook event page :

“Please Join Us In Celebrating LOVING DAY!

We’re celebrating the diversity of families in our community with an ice cream social and gallery opening for the photography exhibit “Of Many Colors.” We’re also honoring and the legacy of RICHARD & MILDRED LOVING, the interracial couple whose 1967 landmark civil rights lawsuit “Loving v. Virginia” ended all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the United States.

OF MANY COLORS: Portraits of Multiracial Families
1:00pm to 7:00pm

Of Many Colors includes photographs and interviews with 20 families (children, teens, and adults) who have bridged the racial divide through interracial relationships and/or adoption. In a world where race is considered by many to be a formidable barrier between people, the families in this traveling exhibit have discovered richness and value in diversity. This exhibit of multiracial families has a great deal to teach about racial identity and racism. Photos by Gigi Kaeser. Interviews by Peggy Gillespie. For more information visit Family Diversity Projects and LovingDay.Org.

Monday – Sunday from 12pm to 5pm (call 504-298-3161 before arrival)
Mixed Messages.4 and Of Many Colors will be on view through July 1st

4:00pm to 7:00pm

We’ll have free ice cream and non-dairy frozen treats (first come first serve), kids activities, music, a "We Are The 15 Percent” slide show, and a photographer on hand to take family portraits! We will also announce the winners of our Youth Essay Competition.

Admission is Free, so tell your family and friends. We hope to see you there!

Presented in partnership with Family Diversity Projects, Cupcake Fairies, Kleinpeter Farms Dairy, Press Street, Defend New Orleans, Liz’s Confections, We Are The 15 Percent, Family Diversity Projects, Whole Foods Market and www.lovingday.org. For more information contact mail@charitablefilmnetwork.org.


Pretty great to have started this site a week before “Loving Day”, the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in favor of interracial marriage.

A big thank you to the participants who’ve already had their photos posted, and please send yours in to be included!